The Quiet Joy of Snow

Monday I awoke to a light snowfall. I sat up in bed and watched it now on an old pair of fir trees that take up much of the window. On Tuesday it kept on snowing. The first snowfall of the year always brings with it a warm and happy feeling. When it does happen, … Continue reading The Quiet Joy of Snow

What Does It Mean to Be Educated (According to Epictetus)

What does it mean to be educated? To have acquired specific knowledge and skills? To have a basic understanding of math, the sciences, and art? To have good social skills and be good with other people? To act respectufully toward the environment and animals? To have good table manners? To keep quiet when your mother … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be Educated (According to Epictetus)

Why It’s Good to Read Books You Don’t Necessarily Like

We tend to stick to reading books we enjoy—whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, a specific genre, or a particular author. No surprise since our mind likes patterns, predictable outcomes, familiar experiences over unfamiliar ones. But isn't it bad to read mostly the same things? The ideas we pick up from our reading consolidate our biases … Continue reading Why It’s Good to Read Books You Don’t Necessarily Like